Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is one of the best books I've read in the past decade and has joined the shortlist of my all time favourite novels. (Don't ask me what else is on that shortlist because it's a very fluid ever-changing answer...) I blogged a bit about this book in a comparison review a while ago, but I wanted to revisit this work for A Weekend to ReCOVER and compare a few covers that I've seen for it recently.
For those that have read The Book Thief, which cover did your copy have? Which do you prefer, and what do you think of the others? If you have not read The Book Thief, which cover most catches your eye? Would any prompt you to a closer examination in a bookstore, or would any cause you to pass over the book?I own this novel with the first cover shown (left), and - perhaps because it was my first exposure to the work - it remains my favourite cover. I think the darker tone corresponds with the serious subject matter, and I like the focus on the domino chain. It lends an air of anticipation and spotlights a dramatic scene from the story. That said, I also like the second cover (middle). For those unfamiliar with The Book Thief, the story is about a little girl, but is narrated by Death. The image of Death dancing with the girl is a clever one and I think it captures a bit of Zusak's tone in juxtaposing humor with seriousness throughout his writing. The third cover (right) is the only one with which I'm not too impressed. I like the image of the lone figure on the snowscape, but I find the blood spots a little disconcerting. For some reason, the cover reminds me more of a horror story than a historical fiction. What do you think?
A Weekend to ReCOVER is a blog meme discussing and analyzing cover art hosted by Her Book Self. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section or feel free to join the fun with your own post! Help yourself to the AWTR badge image at left and leave a link below so I can be sure to check out what covers you are admiring or criticizing this week!